The Kon-Tiki Adventure
Each year, hundreds of Scouts
and Girl Guides converge on Sandvlei to take part in the annual Kon-Tiki
Adventure. The competition is organised by the Cape Western Area Sea
Scouts, under the auspices of the South African Scout
Association. Accompanying the teams are hundreds of
members who come along to enjoy the great atmosphere of the event and to
also assist the teams in the raft building.
The Kon-Tiki Adventure started
at Sandvlei in 1978. The very first competition was organised by
Darryl McEwan and he was succeeded by Robert Bell who ran the competition up
Originally it was purely a raft
competition for six Scouts or Guides and they had to live on the raft for 24
The competition has now grown,
with the addition of the Kon-Tiki Fringe, which was introduced in
1993. The idea behind the fringe was to keep the land crews on
site, so that they are there to assist the team mates when the raft returns
to shore on the Sunday. The Fringe has now become a major
competition on it's own, with teams competing for the Andrew
"Dolphin" Lawson Trophy.
Campsites for the weekend are in
demand and the logistics of organising the camp and construction sites is
enormous. The total staff contingent for Kon-Tiki exceeds
50 persons and the event attracts well over 2,000 visitors each year.
Kon-Tiki is a
spectacle. Visitors who see the rafts on the water during the
night hours, with their lights on, or early in the morning, will never
forget the beautiful sight of all the rafts on the water.
On special occasions there might even be a lightning storm over Table
Mountain, creating a beautiful backdrop to an already spectacular sight.
The Kon-Tiki kitchen and tuck
shop staff are kept busy throughout the weekend feeding hundreds of hungry
Scouts, family members and visitors.
The Information Centre keeps
visitors informed about ongoing activities and is the hub of everything
happening. The Information Centre houses the HQ, where judges
come and go and scores are compiled as they arrive.
Scouts and Guides who have been
involved in their Troop/Company organisation for the event, take with them a
huge amount of knowledge, not only of what they've learnt in terms of the
competition, but also the skills they have learnt in managing people and
project managing their entry into what is regarded as one of the most
exciting Scout competitions in South Africa.
Souvenir seekers can buy badges and
T-shirts at the event and each year more and more of these are being sent to
interested groups overseas.